Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Vintage Sampler

I found this gorgeous sampler at the weekend and it just had to come home with me.

It is dated 1902 and was stitched by Maggie Fraser.  

It is a beautiful sampler and I think it is Scottish because of the bright red and green which are colours traditionally used in Scottish samplers.  It has other fancy stitching as well as cross stitch.  It also has some pretty motifs.

I have no idea whether it is an original from 1902 or a well distressed modern piece, but whatever it is, I love it!  (Will probably change the frame at some point.)

One of my better vintage finds for a while!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Spring House

I often have problems deciding how to display some of the little bits and pieces that I stitch.  But I found what I think is the perfect solution to make my little Spring House piece look pretty.

I found this little box frame in The Range in Greenock (click on link to see frame).  It already had a neutral fabric background and came with a little bag of pearl headed pins.

I just put a running stitch around the edge of my sewing, frayed the outside edge slightly and added four pretty little buttons to the corner.  Then all I had to do was pin the stitching to the frame background.  It is quite deep and has a hinge opening, so it is a useful frame for all sorts of pretties!

The pattern is free from Melissa at Pinker n' Punkin Quilting.  Check out Melissa's blog for some really pretty patterns lovely displays.  Thanks Melissa for the lovely pattern.  Don't you just love it when things come together easily!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Last Shardlake

 Argh!!!!  I've finished "Tombland" by C J Sansom - the last in the Shardlake series.

Set in the early days of the reign of Edward VI it tells of lawyer Shardlake's involvement in Kett's Rebellion in Norfolk.  It is full of wonderful descriptions of Norwich - it is now on my bucket list of places to visit.  I was there with my parents when I was a child but don't remember anything about it.  Can't wait to visit sometime soon.  

Any advice on places to stay, eat, discover, visit?

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

George and Matilda Mouse

My younger son loved these books when he was a little boy.  George and Matilda Mouse by Heather Buchanan.

The illustrations are just gorgeous!  

They tell the story of a little mouse family and their adventures.

Can't bring myself to take them to the charity shop, so they will stay with me in the meantime.

Do you have trouble giving away things that your children loved?

Love, Liz

Monday, 10 May 2021

May Stitching

I've really been enjoying my two latest cross stitch projects.  This lovely little saltbox house is from a free pattern by Melisa at Pinker n Punkin Quilting.  Check out her blog for some lovely posts and some great free cross stitch patterns.  I think I'm addicted to stitching saltbox houses!

The pattern is actually called Spring Green Saltbox, but as you can see I changed all the colours.  I decided to have pink flowers because all the may blossom was on the trees when I started this.  We've had some pretty wild weather recently, so there's not much blossom left!

If you are on Instagram don't forget you can see more of my stitching progress at Scottish Stitcher.

I also made good progress on Folk Art Sampler by Tiny Modernist.

Love, Liz

Friday, 30 April 2021

Seaside House

 Just finished this lovely wee cross stitch house.  Really enjoyed stitching it.

Its from The Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  Because I was stitching it on its own and not as part of a bigger project, I decided to brighten up some of the colours.  I also did a little bit of alterations on the house windows - just made them a stitch bigger.  I had previously stitched the lovely ship from the same pattern.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

Also finished reading Lamentation by C J Sansom.  It's part of the Shardlake Series.  Didn't enjoy it as much as Heartstone, but it was a good read.

Can treat myself to a new cross stitch start this weekend.  Hope you've had some finishes and some good reads recently.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Vintage china and spring houses

 At last I finished this gorgeous cross stitch design - Spring Houses by Waxing Moon Designs.  

I love the colours in this.  You can stitch the houses separately as I did previously with the Christmas Houses.  I decided to stitch mine in a row and I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.  I added some flowers to the fences between the houses to give it a coherent look.

Which house would you like to live in?  I think I would like to live in the blue house with those lovely window boxes.

I looked out a lovely spring teacup and saucer - the colours just go so perfectly with this little stitch.  The cup and saucer are Hazeldean New Chelsea design and I got them in a charity shop a few years ago.  You can see more of them in my blog post here.

Now my usual big problem of how to finish this off!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Spoiled for choice!

I got some lovely happy mail from The Patchwork Rabbit needlework shop - some new cross stitch patterns which I had purchased.  They have a great online service. The Patchwork Rabbit is based in Bromham in England but I'm adding links to the individual designers web pages.

So many to choose from - not sure which I'll start first!

Loved this little lady from Tiny Modernist - Folk Art Sampler.

Isn't this just the cutest house?  Plum Tree Cottage by Rosewood Manor.

Love the colours in this
Sampler Patches Revisited by Homespun Elegance.

Last but not least I thought these houses were great - not sure about the bees! 
Honey Hill Hamlet by Artful Offerings.

That should keep me going for a little while!

Which is your favourite?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Spring crochet and a butterfly

Out walking around Greenock yesterday I saw my first butterfly of the year.  It was such a lovely day and it seemed to be enjoying the sunshine, drying off its wings.

Finished my green crochet blanket a few weeks ago.  Love the spring colours.

Bright and cheery.

Happy Easter to you all.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 7 March 2021

February finishes

 I wee bit late in posting, but I managed to finish two stitchy projects in February.

The first was the cute Checkerboard Bunny which was a free pattern from Waxing Moon Designs.  You can find many of their free charts here.  Is'nt he cute!

I also finished this Autumn Saltbox by Plum Street Samplers.  Love the colours in this one and I think I have just the frame which will finish it off.

Also thought you might like to see my progress on Waxing Moon Designs Spring Houses.  Enjoying stitching this.

My cross stitching has been very much interrupted by my current obsession for crochet granny squares!  But I'd love to get the Spring Houses finished before the end of this month (fingers crossed)!

Love, Liz

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Messy vintage!

It's a bit messy in there!  My china cabinet is overdue for a tidy up!

Just a little glimpse of vintage china cabinet number one - yes, I have another one.  Number two is a bit tidier!  I just love looking at all this vintage beauty.

Perhaps I'll tidy it another day!

Love, Liz

Monday, 15 February 2021

Some stitching progress

I've been neglecting my cross stitch recently because I've been so engrossed in books and crochet!  However, yesterday I decided to get on with my Spring Houses cross stitch.

The pattern is by Waxing Moon Designs  - they have lots of patterns of seasonal houses (and other things too).  I've also stitched two of their Christmas houses.

Not joining the grass up yet, going to wait and decide whether to put some flowers between the houses.  I'll decide when I've completed the third house.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Step back in time

If you are looking for some great reads for the weekend, then look no further than these two fabulous books.  

I've just finished Heartstone by C J Sansom - the fifth book in the Shardlake series - and it was brilliant!  Set in Tudor England of 1545 it follows the adventure of lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak as they try to solve several cases.  Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose is fabulously described as Shardlake's enquiries lead him to Portsmouth.  In my opinion Heartstone is the best of the series, so far.

Another great book is The Haunting of Thores-Cross by Karen Perkins.  Described as a Yorkshire ghost story it it set in modern times but also takes us back to a small village in North Yorkshire in the 1770s.  I could not put this book down!  I won't tell you anything about the story and spoil it, but I loved it. (If you like Barbara Erskine books then I think you'll enjoy this.)

I'm sure I wrote down this author's name after reading a recommendation on someone's blog.  I'm sorry that I can't remember whose, but thank you for recommending this wonderful book.

I've already got the next Shardlake book - Lamentation - ready to start this weekend.  I'm really trying to pace myself and not read too quickly as there's only one more after this one!  I'm also going to get another of Karen Perkins books.  So please - keep blogging book recommendations.  I'm sure we all have a wee bit more time to read at the moment and it's great to have a few book in reserve.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

A gaggle of grannies!

Not sure if that is the collective term for crochet granny squares, but it will do for this post.  There's a photograph in there of my paternal Grandmother - she's the one to blame - she taught me to crochet!

You can also see my crochet hook - she gave me it when I was learning and I've used it ever since.  I think of her when I pick it up.  She must have had amazing patience to teach me to crochet.  We visited every Sunday and I can remember her saying, "Right Lisbeth, lets see if you can remember how we do this."

I finished my blue blanket and gave it an edge of bright red.  Love it!

I've been making different sizes of squares from all my odd bits of yarn.  Don't have enough of any one colour to edge the squares yet.  I'll have to wait till the shops re-open to see what colour I want to use and buy some yarn.  I don't mind, I'm enjoying just sitting doing some crochet.  Also using up my yarn stash - really pleased at how much it has reduced!

While one of my Grannies taught me to crochet, I blame my maternal Grandmother for my love of vintage china!  I would help her clean her display cabinet when I was young.  You can see a photograph of her and her china cabinet in a previous post here.

Stay safe and well my blogging friends!

Love, Liz